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This is Day 48 of 48 of the #TruthAboutWhoYouAre series. Thank you so much for joining in on this journey with me. I hope you are inspired over this 7 week series.
Today is bittersweet! It's the last day of this series so I am excited to share my thoughts with you. On the other hand, I have loved this series so much that I don't want it to end. In today's post I am sharing a portion of my testimony along with the scripture. It's about a time when I felt near hopeless and God turned my life around and reminded me that I had a purpose.
I am submitted to God, and the devil flees from me because I resist him in the Name of Jesus - James 4:7
You are here for a purpose. Did you know that? You are on this earth, in your job, married to that person, have those kids, live in that neighborhood for a purpose. Take a look at Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." If things in your world are looking bleak, be encouraged knowing that God is able to turn things around for you.
Growing up I fully believed that God had a special purpose for my life. As I began to get older I faced some pretty tough situations. Instead of trusting that God would take care of me, I was consumed by my struggles. No matter how much I wanted to do what's right I struggled and made poor choices. I found myself in a dark place that I could not escape from on my own. Alone, broken, confused, and hurt I curled up in a ball of defeat. I felt hopeless - but something deep down told me to keep going. I continued to struggle with the person I had become until one day I cried out to God and told Him, "I give up on doing this alone, I need you now more than I ever have!" God heard my cry for help and within a month began to transform my life in a way I never could have imagined. Life is still challenging, don't get me wrong, but living a life on purpose is worth it.
Once you have decided to surrender your life to Christ and live out your God given purpose it is almost guaranteed that there will be opposition. Because much like there is a God that is for you there is also an enemy who would like nothing more than to discourage and distract you from living out your God given potential. In a recent message at church, my pastor shared this quote, "There is no winning without warfare; there is no opportunity without opposition; there is no victory without vigilance. For when ever the people of God say, 'Let us arise and build,' Satan says, 'Let me arise and oppose.'"
What this means for us is that if we choose the path of serving God and living a life of purpose we will experience opposition from the enemy. The Bible says in John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." The enemy wants to get us to the point that our heads are hanging low and all we can see are our current struggles so that we miss out on the bigger picture. We can be encourage through James 4:7, Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Are you in a season right now where all you can see is your current struggles? Are you having a hard time seeing up ahead and trusting that God has good plans in store for you? Don't give up. Instead of surrendering to your fear, choose to submit and surrender to God. You have a purpose and it's worth fighting through the opposition. Any thought that you have about yourself that tears you down is not from God. Take a moment to read through the other #TruthAboutWhoYouAre posts to learn about what God thinks of you.
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The scriptures used for this series came from Joyce Meyers download, “Who God Made You To Be”